The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd. £250,000 for the 2011 hack of its Playstation Network. ICO concluded that Sony had failed to maintain proper security measures in light of the large amount of personal data it stored on the Network, its status as a technology company, and the substantial distress and potential damage caused to U.K. citizens whose personal information were compromised. This is the first time Sony has been fined for the breach, although the breach affected almost 80 million subscribers worldwide. According to the ICO notice, Sony failed to maintain appropriate security measures against hacking of the Network, failed to take additional security measures to prevent a breach, although hackers had previously attempted to breach the Network several times, and it should have known that there was a risk of hackers accessing the Network, based on similar previous attempts.
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U.K. Slaps Sony Europe with fine for 2011 Playstation hack
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